Wisconsin Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Saturday, September 18, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 4 hours on the campus of the University of Wisconsin and in the surrounding area. I then walked an additional hour in an indoor Madison, Wisconsin shopping mall.

Highlights of the Wisconsin leg of the tour:

  • I saw my first “big-time”, heavy-duty rain on the tour.  A big storm (with some hail on the other side of town), came through and lasted for a couple of hours.  Fortunately it stopped before I had to leave for my walk.
  • I had a brief scare when I thought I had lost something important.  It turns out I simply put it in the wrong place. Whew!!!
  • When I got to the university campus, I went through downtown Madison.  To my surprise, there was a HUGE Farmer’s Market going all the way around the state capitol building.  Probably more than 100 booths.
  • I bought a bunch of fresh veggies and such for Saturday night’s dinner in Chicago.
  • I ate an ear of raw corn that was delicious and juicy.  Raw corn is one of my new favorite foods.
  • The campus was eerily quiet when I first got there, but things started to pick up at the football game time grew nearer.
  • I got to see lots of my “hometown” fans from Arizona State University (the visiting team).
  • ASU evidently played a good game, but lost to Wisconsin (20 to 19).
  • I went to the mall after my campus walk and found a massage kiosk where I got a 30 minute EXCELLENT back and neck massage.  It sure helped.
  • The drive to Chicago was uneventful, but I can definitely tell I’m back in the big city.  I’ve had to “adjust” my driving to fit the driving patterns of large cities as opposed to rural areas.  I’ve been noticing a gradual shift in the driving patterns since I entered Minneapolis a couple of days ago.
  • Dinner was excellent.  Baked chicken breast and steamed green beans.  Yummo !

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Upper Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north.
  • Wisconsin’s capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee. As of 2009 the state has an estimated 5.6 million residents. The state contains 72 counties.
  • The word Wisconsin has its origins in the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the Algonquian speaking American Indian groups living in the region at the time of European contact. French explorer Jacques Marquette was the first European to reach the Wisconsin River and record its name, arriving in 1673 and calling the river Meskousing in his journal. This spelling was later corrupted to Ouisconsin  by other French explorers, and over time this version became the French name for both the Wisconsin River and the surrounding lands. English speakers anglicized  the spelling to its modern form when they began to arrive in greater numbers during the early 19th Century. The current spelling was made official by the legislature of Wisconsin Territory in 1845.
  • Wisconsin has been home to a wide variety of cultures over the past twelve thousand years. The first people arrived around 10000 BCE during the Wisconsin Glaciation. These early inhabitants, called Paleo-Indians, hunted now-extinct ice age animals exemplified by the Boaz mastodon, a prehistoric mastodon skeleton unearthed along with spear points in southwest Wisconsin. After the ice age ended around 8000 BCE, people in the subsequent Archaic period lived by hunting, fishing, and gathering food from wild plants. Agricultural societies emerged gradually over the Woodland period between 1000 BCE to 1000 CE. Towards the end of this period, Wisconsin was the heartland of the “Effigy Mound culture,” which built thousands of animal-shaped mounds across the landscape. Later, between 1000 and 1500 CE, the Mississippian and Oneota cultures built substantial settlements including the fortified village at Aztalan in southeast Wisconsin. The Oneota may be the ancestors of the modern Ioway and Ho-Chunk tribes, who shared the Wisconsin region with the Menominee at the time of European contact. Other Native American groups living in Wisconsin when Europeans first settled included the Ojibwa, Sauk, Fox, Kickapoo, and Pottawatomie, who migrated to Wisconsin from the east between 1500 and 1700.
  • Wisconsin became a territorial possession of the United States in 1783 after the American Revolutionary War. However, the British remained in de facto control until after the War of 1812, which finally established an American presence in the area. Under American control, the economy of the territory shifted from fur trading to lead  mining. The prospect of easy mineral wealth drew immigrants from throughout the U.S. and Europe to the lead deposits located at Mineral Point, Wisconsin  and nearby areas. Some miners found shelter in the holes they had dug and earned the nickname “badgers,” leading to Wisconsin’s identity as the “Badger State.” The sudden influx of white miners prompted tension with the local Native American population. The Winnebago War of 1827 and the Black Hawk War of 1832 led to the forced removal of American Indians from most parts of the state. Following these conflicts, Wisconsin Territory was organized in 1836. Continued white settlement led to statehood in 1848.

    Next stop, Chicago, Illinois – The University of Chicago.